POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - By Stan Caldwell
Pearl River Community College Sports Information Director
Pearl River Community College, coming off its first winning football season in three years, wrapped up its first week of spring practice Thursday.
"It's a whole new season," PRCC coach Ted Egger said, "and we've got a lot of work to do."
The Wildcats, who won three of their final four games, posted a winning record in Egger's first season, including a 4-2 mark in South Division play. It was PRCC's first winning season since 2014 and only the second since 2010.
"Guys are working hard to get better in every phase of the game," Egger said. "We don't have a great number, but we have a lot of guys who we expect to play for us next fall."
PRCC has 38 players out for the spring, including quarterback Markevion Quinn, who was a first-team Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges selection in 2017 after rushing for 879 yards and 17 touchdowns. Quinn completed 77 of 161 passes for 943 yards and six scores.
The Wildcats are allowed 18 practices and are expected to showcase their progress in at least two public scrimmages. The first is set for 11:30 a.m. on April 7 as part of Wildcat Day, the school's spring athletic showcase.
Egger has added two, new assistants, including running backs coach Zach Crisler and safeties coach Marty Heaton.
Crisler, 23, played a season at Arkansas State University before suffering a career-ending injury. He spent last season at Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Ark.
With Crisler taking over running backs, PRCC assistant coach Matt Monicelli will shift to receivers in 2018.
Heaton had retired as head coach at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo., but decided to return to the field.
Egger was an assistant on Heaton's staff at Adams State, and PRCC defensive line coach Zach Lochard and linebackers coach Matthew Wiggins both played for Heaton at Adams State.
PRCC returns assistant head coach/offensive line coach Terrance Metcalf, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Trevathan and tight ends coach Harry Wright.
PRCC also has an eye on its future, hosting "Thursday Night Under the Lights," a four-week camp set for each Thursday night in May and open to players in grades five through eight.
"It's all about getting young people out here, continuing to get coached and to try and teach them the fundamentals," Egger said. "And, it's a way to introduce them to how we do things here at Pearl River."